To so many “rainbows” refer to children born after the loss of another. In that respect I have 2 rainbows… Lincoln and Haleigh. I honestly have never referred to them as that though. I never wanted them to feel second to the loss prior to them. Not that that is how they might feel, I just really never felt they were a rainbow although they certainly brought joy and happiness. My rainbow just came in the form of something else. Cakes!
It was after Clara’s passing that I really got into cakes. On her 1st birthday that I realized how lucky so many of us are to reach this milestone each year. It was on her second birthday that I made a Barbie cake in her memory. Each year I create another Barbie cake with a different dress. It often reflects my ideas of what she might be into or have asked for.
In the loss I felt for both Clara’s life and the dreams I had for Lincoln an outlet grew. I found the creative outlet for my grief and stress. I had no idea that these cake skills were buried deep within me.
I have always suggested that the more stressed I was, the more heavyhearted, the better the cakes turn out. Many of my most favorite cakes happen to also be 1st birthday cakes. They remind me of just how special each of those families are. I love seeing parents share pictures with their grinning birthday kid and their cake. Those are memories they will keep forever!
I often get asked why I opt not to do many weddings. It is, on all accounts, where all the money is. I guess as my children get older and the thought of Clara’s missed wedding get closer I might shift my heart toward them. Today though she would only be six and birthdays would be her big days.
Creativity will always be my rainbow. My sunshine after the storms, my expression of love and grief. I am forever grateful for the gift that was buried deep inside and for the opportunity to see it open and blossom. It has become a way to share Clara’s memory with others. It is a way to share in the celebrations of many that I miss out on with Clara. It mends my heart.
“Rainbows introduce us to reflections
of different beautiful possibilities
so we never forget that pain and grief
are not the final options in life.”